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<ul><li><p>Digital Research at </p><p>the British Library Why we are here, what we </p><p>have, what we can do for you </p><p>Dr James Baker </p><p>Curator, Digital Research </p><p> @j_w_baker </p></li><li><p> 2 </p></li><li><p> 3 </p><p>Literary scholars and historians have in the past been limited in their analyses of print culture by the constraints of physical archives and human </p><p>capacity. A lone scholar cannot read, much less make sense </p><p>of, millions of newspaper pages. With the aid of computational linguistics tools and digitized corpora, however, we are working toward a </p><p>large-scale, systemic understanding of how texts were valued and </p><p>transmitted during this period </p><p>David A. Smith, Ryan Cordell, and Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, Infectious Texts: Modeling Text Reuse in Nineteenth-Century Newspapers (2013) </p></li><li><p> 4 </p><p>Reading the Riots (LSE, Guardian) </p><p> How misinformation spread on Twitter during a time of crisis </p><p> 2.6 million tweets analysed </p><p> Volunteers used to help categorise data </p><p> Images compared </p><p> Sentiment analysis deployed </p><p>Interdisciplinary, collaborative effort </p><p> Proctor (Warwick), Vis (Sheffield), Voss (St Andrews). </p><p> Reading the riots on Twitter : methodological innovation for the </p><p>analysis of big data (2013) </p><p> Guardian </p></li><li><p> 5 </p><p>discipline camp and </p><p>camps sentence </p><p>Ngram Viewer </p><p>Google </p></li><li><p> 6 </p><p>Early users of medieval books of hours and prayer books left signs </p><p>of their reading in the form of </p><p>fingerprints in the margins. The </p><p>darkness of their </p><p>fingerprints correlates to </p><p>the intensity of their use </p><p>and handling. A densitometer -- a machine that measures the </p><p>darkness of a reflecting surface -- </p><p>can reveal which texts a reader </p><p>favored. Kathryn M. Rudy, Dirty Books: Quantifying Patterns of Use in Medieval Manuscripts </p><p>Using a Densitometer, Journal of Historians of Nederlandish Art (2010) </p></li><li><p> 7 </p><p> Michael Takeo Magruder </p></li><li><p> 8 </p><p> Kari Kraus </p><p>Kari Kraus (Maryland), Signal &amp; Noise: ENF as part of the sound archivist's </p><p>toolkit, Digital Humanities 2014 </p></li><li><p> 9 </p></li><li><p> 10 </p><p>Virtual St Pauls Cross Project </p><p>Notes from talk at Institute of </p><p>Historical Research, 18 February </p><p>2014. </p></li><li><p> 11 </p></li><li><p> 12 </p></li><li><p> 13 </p><p>The emergence of the new digital humanities isnt an isolated academic </p><p>phenomenon. The institutional and </p><p>disciplinary changes are part of a </p><p>larger cultural shift, inside and outside the academy, a rapid cycle of emergence </p><p>and convergence in technology and </p><p>culture </p><p>Steven E Jones, Emergence of the Digital </p><p>Humanities (2014) </p></li><li><p> 14 </p></li><li><p> 15 </p></li><li><p> 16 </p></li><li><p> 17 </p><p> Figshare </p></li><li><p> 18 </p></li><li><p> 19 </p><p>A Web of Rights, British Library, 19 February 2015 </p></li><li><p> 20 </p></li><li><p> 21 </p><p>Thank you! @j_w_baker </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> Slides: </p></li><li><p> 22 </p><p>Prototype Digital Research project task </p><p> Get into groups </p><p> 6 groups arranged by birthday </p><p> Jan/Feb = Group 1; Mar/April = Group 2; et cetera. </p><p> Find the flip chart that represents your group number </p><p> Use the cards to come up with a potential project idea that is: </p><p> A combination of tool cards and collection cards (you all have different ones!) </p><p> Draws on what has been talked about this morning </p><p> Uses the best of the skills and backgrounds your group can offer </p><p> Thinks big rather </p><p> Feedback after lunch </p><p> No more than 2 minutes including challenges you may face </p><p> I will be timing! </p></li></ul>


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